About

Our objective at London Property Licensing is to cut through the jargon and provide you with simple, impartial and expert advice on property licensing and the regulation of the private rented homes. We’re here to help you!

But why trust us? Well, the London Property Licensing website was established in April 2015 by Richard Tacagni MCIEH CEnvH, a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner with over 22 years experience in local government. He has worked at Leicester City Council, Bristol City Council, Lewisham Council, LACORS, Newham Council and Redbridge Council. He moved to London in 2004 and loves living there!

At LACORS (Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services) he spent four years (2006 to 2010) as head of the housing team, helping councils across England to implement the Housing Act 2004 in a project funded by central government. During that time, he developed a good working relationship with landlord, tenant and letting agent associations and helped encourage consistency in how the Housing Act 2004 was being applied. 

More recently (2012 to 2014) he was Head of Private Sector Housing at Redbridge Council where he delivered hard-hitting and high profile housing enforcement action against rogue landlords whilst supporting best practice through initiates such as the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme.

Not many people possess the same level of knowledge and expertise when it comes to property licensing and the regulation of the private rented sector in London! To find out more, we’ve included below a short video interview from the September 2014 Landlord and Lettings Show.

A more recent interview was recorded at the 2016 National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) Conference and can be viewed below. It explores some of the regulatory changes expected in 2017.

Have we won any awards?

Funny you should mention that! After operating for just 12 months, the London Property Licensing website was awarded ‘Best Service Provider in the Private Rented Sector 2016’ by the UK Landlord Accreditation Partnership. It was a very proud moment and you can see our winning UKLAP logo at the bottom of every web-page.

Since then, our website and consultancy support service have gone from strength to strength. By February 2017, the website had received over 250,000 page views. 

Our knowledge and expertise has been featured in numerous hard copy and online publications such as:

  • Residential Property Investor, the official publication of the RLA
  • Property Investor News
  • Property Industry Eye
  • Letting Agent Today
  • Overseas Property Professional

Many hundreds of landlords and agents receive our regular fortnightly newsletter packed with all the latest news and events. You can sign up for free here.

A selection of testimonials have also been published to let you see feedback from others.

Why is the service needed?

Good question. It's a unique service. The information on this website isn’t easily available anywhere else and it’s backed by an expert consultancy service if you need more bespoke support.

There are already a myriad of property licensing schemes operating across the capital each with different terms and conditions – it can be very confusing. With more licensing schemes under development and new regulations on the way, we understand the difficulties landlords and agents experience in keeping up to date. Failing to spot the need for a property licence can land the landlord and letting agent in Court facing a criminal prosecution and a hefty fine. That’s why we are here to help.

Who is the service aimed at?
    
The service is aimed at everyone involved in the operation of the private rented sector. In particular, landlords, letting and managing agents, property investors, trade associations, buy-to-let mortgage lenders, insurance companies, solicitors, accountants, etc. The list goes on!

Are we trying to compete with landlord associations? Absolutely not! They provide an extremely important service and we would encourage all landlords to join. You could try the National Landlords Association, Residential Landlords Association, Southern Private Landlords or the Guild of Residential Landlords to name but a few. Our role is to offer more bespoke support and advice on the regulation of private rented homes.

What about tenants?

Unfortunately, we don’t have the capacity to offer support and advice to tenants, although the information on this website is freely available to everyone.

Our ethos is that everyone should have access to safe, warm and decent accommodation. We want to encourage councils to take tough enforcement action where it is needed, whilst minimising the bureaucracy for landlords who take their responsibilities seriously and comply with the law.

We would encourage tenants needing support to contact their local council or speak to one of the expert advisors at Shelter or Citizens Advice. You might also want to visit the Renters Rights London website.

The legal bit…

There is always some small print and so we’ve put this at the end and kept it to a minimum. London Property Licensing is the Trading name of Tacagni Consultancy Limited. Company No: 5131075. Registered in England & Wales. Registered office: 132 Burnt Ash Road, Lee, London SE12 8PU. VAT registration Number 218190811. There, that wasn't too long!

If you want to contact us, it’s simplest to use our online form but if you prefer, you can also write to us at:

London Property Licensing
8th Floor
6 Mitre Passage
Greenwich Peninsula
London SE10 0ER

We really hope you find our website useful and would love to hear your feedback as we continue to develop the business.

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